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Hotel Grinnell

Grinnell, IA · View map · Visit website

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About Hotel Grinnell

Located in the heart of Grinnell, Iowa, Hotel Grinnell is a modern urban wedding venue. Originally a public school, the building was reimagined by Steve Holtze and Angela Harrington who converted it into a combination of separate event spaces and guest suites in 2016. With contemporary design concepts and a signature industrial-chic flair, this venue offers couples a one-of-a-kind place to mark the beginning of their new lives together.

Facilities and Capacity

Originally constructed in 1921, this historical building seamlessly blends the old with the new. Restored to act as a hub for special events as well as social and cultural connections, Hotel Grinnell is not an ordinary event venue. With a number of indoor and outdoor spaces to choose from, couples can host celebrations with guest lists of between 30 and 300 people. The ballroom is an ideal place to hold larger-scale affairs and can be configured into banquet and cocktail-style layouts. Boasting hints of the venue’s past, the theatre comes outfitted with a stage and audiovisual equipment, a perfect setting for couples to exchange their vows. An additional outdoor spot, the lounge patio, makes for unforgettable open-air festivities. With romantic string lights and warm fireplaces, this terrace is ideal for cocktail hours and banquet-seated occasions. Couples booking with Hotel Grinnell can also take advantage of The Penthouse which sets the stage for any special pre-wedding or post-celebration gatherings.

Services Offered

The dedicated team of professionals at Hotel Grinnell are enthusiastic about sharing the hotel’s exciting space with couples celebrating their special day. Couples are encouraged to take advantage of the venue’s in-house catering services, though the establishment employs a welcoming policy regarding outside vendors.


Aside from the dynamic wedding venue space located on the premises, Hotel Grinnell also boasts a variety of overnight guest suites. With a wide selection of inventive floor plans to choose from, this hotel has something for everyone. Clean and artfully decorated walls stand out against industrial room accents and hardwood flooring in each room. Available to guests taking advantage of their hospitality facilities is access to always-open fitness and business centers. Concierge and room services accompany all overnight reservations. Hotel Grinnell’s selection of suites include the following varieties:

  • King loft and canopy bedrooms
  • Double ensuite, loft, and premium queen options
  • Penthouse suites
  • Bunk bed arrangements


Situated in the downtown district of Grinnell, this venue is located just an hour drive away from urban centers like Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, and Des Moines. Notable Grinnell attractions that lie close to the hotel include:

  • Numerous dining and shopping destinations
  • Grinnell’s Central Park
  • The Strand Theatre
  • Grinnell College


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